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Consumer watchdog asked to investigate MasterChef ‘renewable gas’ claims

Claims that ‘renewable gas’ is making MasterChef 'greener' are under scrutiny following a complaint to the ACCC.

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Women’s Giving Circle empowering locals

A collective of passionate women taking action to tackle local disadvantage have seen essential local projects funded, and the...

He’s off, has been for years! And what’s a conspiracy amongst friends?

After ten years in Mullum I’ve relocated to the middle of an extinct volcano in Murwillumbah.

The Toad, the Whale and the Sun

Filmmaker and environmental activist Dean Jefferys will be hosting the world premiere of his epic feature documentary The Toad, the Whale and the Sun, at the Byron Community Centre on Friday, 31 May at 5pm and again at 8pm, with a panel discussion and Q+A after both screenings.

First baby born at new Tweed Valley Hospital

The new Tweed Valley Hospital opened on May 14 at Kingscliff and it saw its first baby born that day at 8.53pm.


Living in a modern world I see on social media, etc. world melting, CO2 production associated topics. So having recently...

Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023. 

Like many single parents living in the shire, I have recently been given notice on my rental and forced back into the overpriced rental market. With two school-aged children in my care, a boy aged 17 and a girl aged 10, I require an affordable three bedroom home in the vicinity of their schools. The problem is that the rents on three-bedroom homes in this area are absurdly overpriced and with asking prices between the $400 and $500 mark for anything half decent it is virtually impossible to live alone with my children.

If I were to share with someone else, we could get a mansion in the hills, equipped with swimming pool and lawn maintenance for approximately $600 per week ($300 each).

However, not all of us want to share with strangers and it isn’t fair or right that we are forced to do so.

With so many single parents living in the shire, it is about time that something was done to address the issue of affordable housing.

At one end of the spectrum you have affordable luxury housing for two people paying the rental but at the other end it is impossible to get a rental property under $400 that is not damp, dark and disgusting.

Through no fault of our own, we are about to be made homeless because there just isn’t anything affordable (under $350 pw) and this will no doubt have devastating repercussions on my children, especially my son who is doing the HSC.

It is the lower-end housing prices that need to be adjusted so that single parents like myself can afford to live in a half-decent home and not spend 80 per cent of our incomes on overpriced rent.

Misha Sim, Clunes


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Stone & Wood wins at Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood Brewing are proud to announce a big win at the Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards held last night, with the brewery’s Big Pale Ale taking home the title of Champion Australian Beer. Big Pale Ale also took out the Best Australian Pale Ale category.

Cabarita Beach powers up with new EV fast charger

The future of sustainable transport is rolling into northern NSW with the opening of a new electric vehicle fast charging station at Cabarita on the weekend.

Wombat burrows provide critical shelter for other species

A new study, published in the Journal of Mammalogy, found wombat burrows help other animals by providing critical shelter for numerous species following severe wildfire, and may even be an important source of water.

Hundreds of DV arrests across state

Police have charged more than 550 people during a four-day operation targeting the state’s most dangerous domestic and family violence offenders.